Samuel Anthony Elias
Date of Birth: 8/25/1982

Athletic Highlights:

First ascents/new routes on 5 continents

Documentary film – Rooted: Climbing Lebanon (Link)

Establishing Lebanon’s first 5.14 rock climb

Summitting Mt. Everest in May of 2012

Free climbing ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan in June 2014

+ PreMuir route, 35 pitches, 5.13+ over 6 days

First ascents on rock up to 5.14b and winter mixed up to M12

Rock climbing red point up to 5.14d, on-sight up to 5.13d

Winter mixed climbing up to M13, on-sight up to M11

Ice climbing up to WI6

Ouray Ice competitions podiums in Ouray, CO

+ 1st place in 2019, 2nd place in 2010 and 2016, 3rd place in 2013 and 2018

Winter Mountain Games mixed climbing competition podiums in Vail, CO

+ 1st place in 2011 and 2012

Skiing since 1985

+ Left home at 16 years to attend and graduate from Rowmark ski racing academy.

+ 4 years of college on a ski racing athletic scholarship to The College of Idaho.

Outdoor Industry Work Experience:

Spring 2010 – Present
Fulltime Professional Athlete and brand ambassador currently working for:
            The North Face
            Black Diamond
            Scarpa footwear
            Jaybird Sport headphones
            BlueWater Ropes
            Gnarly Nutrition
            Friction Labs chalk
Winter 2016 – 2017
Employment by DPS Ski Company
Salt Lake City, UT

Job Description:
In house ski technician and advisor

Summer 2016
Employment by The North Face
Alameda, CA

Job Description:
Product research, design, and development internship

Fall 2008 – Spring 2012
Employment by Black Diamond Equipment Ltd.
Rocky Mountain Region: CO, WY, NM

Job Description:
Technical representative/Assistant Sales Representative for the Rocky Mountain territory

Spring 2008 – Fall 2008
Employment by Big Stone Publishing
Carbondale, CO

Job Description:
Subscriptions manager within the circulation department responsible for distribution of Rock & Ice and Trail Runner magazines

Summer 2007 – Spring 2008
Employment at Summit Canyon Mountaineering
Glenwood Springs, CO

Job Description:
Buyer within upper management primarily responsible for hard goods inventory and general oversight of store operation

Summer 2006 – March 2007
Employment at Summit Canyon Mountaineering
Glenwood Springs, CO

Summer and Fall Job Description:
Climbing counter manager and retail floor salesman specializing in spring/ summer outdoor oriented hard goods and soft goods

Winter Job Description:
Backcountry ski shop manager and head ski technician in charge of all rental equipment and paperwork, as well as retail salesman specializing in fall/ winter outdoor oriented hard goods and soft goods, primarily telemark and alpine touring equipment and backcountry accessories

Spring 2006, Spring 2005-Fall 2005
Employment at Miguel’s Pizza and Climb Shop
Slade, KY

Job Description:
Food preparation and sales, retail climbing equipment and clothing salesman, facility and grounds maintenance, and business handlings

Winter 2005 – Spring 2006, Summers of 2000, 2001, 2002
Employment at Planet Rock Climbing Gym
Pontiac, MI

Job description:
Managerial position involving climbing instruction and safety oversight, retail climbing equipment and clothing salesman, equipment and facility maintenance, and business handlings


Fall 2000 – Spring 2004
The College of Idaho, formerly Albertson College of Idaho (Graduated)
Caldwell, Idaho

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Majors: Biology (general) and Fine Art (ceramics)
Minor: Chemistry

Summer 2002
Oakland University
Rochester Hills, Michigan

Fall 1998 – Spring 2000
Rowland Hall St. Mark’s School and Rowmark Ski Racing Academy (Graduated)
Salt Lake City, Utah

Fall 1996 – Spring 1998
Brother Rice High School
Birmingham, Michigan